Match Recommendations for 02/01/2018

Lady Shani © vs Faby Apache [Reina De Reinas] – AAA – 12/16/2017 – GOOD
One of the last matches AAA taped in 2017 becomes one of the first aired in 2018, and it’s a stiff war. They really just beat the crap out of each other. The finish does what it should to make the Guerra de Titanes booking make sense. It will be even better if they can do this again on that show, but a little longer.

Monsther Clown & Murder Clown © vs Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria vs Histeria & Psicosis [AAA TAG] – AAA – 12/16/2017 – FUN
Two AAA recommendations, in the same post, from the same show. The pace on this one is good, and the triangle format buffs the strengths and hides the weaknesses of the teams. The booking is the booking, fine, it’s AAA. I enjoyed the match and I enjoy the big boy Murder Clown going up top.

Rey Fénix vs Hijo de LA Park – Generación XXI – 01/06/2018 – GOOD
Fénix is Fénix here, one of the best in the world. LA Park’s son inherited one of the best gimmicks ever in wrestling, but so far he hasn’t really risen above the level of “indie junior luchador.” Still, this is one of his best matches to date and some of the moves are really brutal. Plus there’s a bicycle. Fair warning if you watch that full match link, turn your volume down low because the commentary is very, very bad. After the match, there’s some extracurricular brawling that leads me to believe this feud must continue. I wouldn’t mind that.

Hechicero vs Kráneo – CMLL – 01/19/2018 – GREAT
I thought the best possible wrestling match was agile wrestlers doing flips and slams. This match proved that it’s actually a wizard battling an extremely large wrestler and an extremely small wrestler at the same time.

Diamante Azul, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Hechicero, Johnny Idol, Sam Adonis – CMLL – 01/22/2018 – GOOD
This is the top tier of trios matches you’re going to get in Arena Puebla. Sam and Johnny are doing their thing and Hechicero is forced to put up with it to some interesting results. Sam’s bits work better on stream in the more intimate Puebla venue. Above average amount of team-up moves on both sides, and then the satisfying ending you expect from the post-bald Sam Adonis match.

Mephisto © vs Titán [CMLL WELTER] – CMLL – 01/23/2018 – EPIC
A title match in Arena Mexico on a Tuesday that was good enough to rival Volador/Cavernario’s battle in Japan. Agility versus punishment is the story here. Titán is giving it his all and the crowd is into it. They have a very long third fall, which is the key to the best title matches in CMLL. I bought into the near falls at the end, and the actual finish was cool.

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